Best stories of 2012: January to March

It’s been a big year on St Helena, but not all the stories published on this website have been about the island’s new airport, or the turmoil in its media services. Here’s a selection of more light-hearted tales that appeared on St Helena Online in the first three months of 2012.

Escape plan put Boney in a barrel

Plans were made to carry Napoleon away from captivity at Longwood in a barrel, according to a new book reviewed on John Tyrrell’s blog, Reflections on A Journey to St Helena.  Continue reading →

See also: Napoleon gets a theme park (not in Longwood)
Napoleon anniversary: ‘Let’s invite the Queen’

‘Nationettes’ star in Sunday Times Magazine

The iconic Sunday Times Magazines has chosen to celebrate its 50th anniversary issue with a superb picture spread from the UK’s South Atlantic territories. Well, naturally. Jon Tonks has spent four years capturing the character of St Helena, Ascension, Tristan … Continue reading →

Doctor at sea: life for Tristan’s only medic

Update on this story: the job of doctor on Tristan da Cunha has just been re-advertised. The advert seeks a medic with wide clinical experience from May 2012.  Dr Gerard Bulger runs the world’s most extreme single-handed medical practice, according … Continue reading →

Sarah’s 5,000-mile gamble for love

Love knew no bounds for Sarah Govett when her soldier sweetheart was posted to the far-off island of St Helena. After years of writing to him from her home in the Cornish village of Calstock, in the UK, she found a … Continue reading →

The Sun shines a light on Lisa’s defiance

The Sun newspaper tells the stirring tale of the 12-year-old Falkland Islander who defied an Argentinian invader 30 years ago. It says Lisa Watson refused to budge for the “twitching” commander with the machine gun and faced him down. Lisa … Continue reading →

Revealed: what High Knoll Fort is really for

Students at Prince Andrew School have been maintaining a blog as part of their studies and as well as giving us an excellent flavour of life on the island, they also make a couple of rather witty remarks. Which is how … Continue reading →

Witnesses on Tristan da Cunha have described a unique sighting of two rare shepherd’s beaked whales beaching themselves on the shore near Calshott Harbour. The island website also describes a successful attempt to cut loose a fishing buoy from an … Continue reading →

Church bids farewell to Ascension torchbearer…

One of Ascension Island’s most dedicated churchgoers made a surprise confession at his last service on the island, before heading off to retirement on St Helena. Wilson Scipio was saying farewell to the congregation at St Mary’s Church after 46 … Continue reading →

HMS Montrose visits Tristan da Cunha… almost

Posted on 7 March, 2012

A lunch for the personnel of HMS Montrose was eaten by the people of Tristan da Cunha instead. Read Sarah Glass’s report for the Tristan Times here.

Prince goes walkabout in Stanley – quietly

Posted on 7 March, 2012

Prince William – aka Flight Lieutenant Wales – waited until all the journalists were supposed to have gone before doing a little light shopping on the Falkland Islands. But one reporter had stayed behind. Read Andy Beckett’s blog in The … Continue reading →

Governor crosses line in Falklands marathon: your turn, Mr Capes?

Posted on 19 March, 2012

Falklands Radio reports that the Falkland Islands’ governor, Nigel Haywood, has crossed the finishing line in the the world’s most southerly marathon “with the governor’s flag in his hand”.  Continue reading →

See also: St Helena’s just not horrible enough for marathon runners


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